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Zuma declares his assets

2010-03-10 15:25

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma finally declared his and his family's benefits and interests on Wednesday, his attorney Michael Hulley said.

"President Jacob Zuma today provided a list to the Secretary of Cabinet containing any gifts, benefits or financial interests held or received either by him or by any family member, as required in terms of the Executive Ethics Code," he said in a statement.

This followed the revelation that he had not done so within 60 days of taking office last year, which the law requires.

The declarations in the public and private parts of the register were completed in consultation with the Secretary of Cabinet, who was the director-general in the presidency.

Sentimental significance

"In deciding whether to accept or retain any gift, the president has applied the same high ethical standard he otherwise would have in respect of other members of the Executive."

"In any event, whilst these gestures are highly appreciated and of immense sentimental significance, none of the gifts are of extraordinary monetary value."

"The attendant delay in completing this task responsibly has created an opportunity for some to unfairly speculate without substance."

"The president does not hold any directorship, membership or shareholding in any company, either public or private, nor is he associated in any way therewith. The suggestions to the contrary are devoid of any truth and are regrettable," said Hulley.

Read Michael Hulley's full statement.

Comments
  • Charlieboy - 2010-03-10 16:39

    YEH, YEH, YEH.
    I suppose it's nothing but the truth, the whole truth, no lies whatsoever so help me ???

  • M - 2010-03-10 16:43

    Will we get to see the list. Doubt it.

  • MY Dalema - 2010-03-10 16:49

    Zuma assets is a special case i'm sure it is

  • Ben - 2010-03-10 16:58

    And we believe this ? Know why it took so long because you have to give the manipulators chance to cook the books !!

  • Dr Filemon - 2010-03-10 17:01

    And his wife / wives, Mr Hulley? And why did he need lawyers involved? And why could he declare his assets so soon after being exposed for contravening the law? Stinks

  • linda - 2010-03-10 17:16

    Applied the same high ethical standard...PULEEEZE!!! He wouldnt know ethics if he tripped over it in the passageway - nor would his lawyer.

    His wife lives like royalty on tens of thousands of rands donations a month - which I am sure is not disclosed to SARS - and they talk about ethics!!!

    Luckily he rules a country where the majority of the voters are totally illiterate, and believe whatever they are told.

    Its only the citizens withi IQs in double digits who find him and his entire political party hypocritical, racist and downright offensive.

  • Edward Mudau - 2010-03-10 17:35

    I am afraid this `little` gesture proves nothing to me.The fact is Zuma remains a tainted leader devoid of skills,morals and image.I any case he can use any of his large family to hide his `loot`.What taxpayers like me need to do is protest legally by witholding all the taxes feeding this crony politicians.Can someone study the constitution and come with legal strategy to withold our taxes.

  • Skeptical - 2010-03-10 18:03

    How the hell can we believe you?

  • Kruger - 2010-03-10 18:04

    About time? watch now everyone and his friend trying to catch him out? Sad but the President of the ANC, ANCYL and the country are all a bit slow on the grey matter which makes the vulnerable to public ridicule. But then hey there is always the cultural or race card they could play.

  • mfc - 2010-03-10 18:06

    its all very well to declare his assets....BUT UNTIL HE DOES NOT SHUT MALEMA UP ..this STUPID LITTLE CHUBBY BRAT called MALEMA ..THIS COUNTRY WILL FACE AN RACIAL BLOODBATH IN WHICH THE "HUTU N TUTSI CONFLICT WOULD BE SEEN AS CHILSPLAY!!!!..I AM NOT A 'BOER' but to REVIVE THIS CRY OF :KILL THE BOER!...NO RACIAL GROUP IS SAFE IN A FUTURE RSA .....beyond TAMBO;MANDELA;MBEKI AND ZUMA.....MALEMA IS BEING GROOMED FOE LEADERSHIP AND THAT IS SICK NEWS , CONSIDERING WHAT HE IS SPEWING OUT PRESENTLY IN HIS LANGUAGE AND BEHAVIOUR!!

  • Benjy Moleme - 2010-03-10 18:10

    its a good thing that our president responded to the call made that he sholud declare, although it comes after pressure from other quarters. its really unbecoming that the task is only been performed now, one will have thought that it could have been done an an early stage. Also to be fasttracked is the debates and discussion on moral matters, the preseident must be applauded on the iniative to open and lead on this matter.

  • Tom Tom - 2010-03-10 18:48

    If you believe this you can believe in fairies, and wait!!!, Zuma and ANC are honest and have South Africa and its citizens at heart.Ha ha

  • SimonP - 2010-03-10 19:04

    With no other income how does he support his massive family. The numbers donot add up.

  • Amuzed Guy - 2010-03-10 19:51

    What a joke! Right after someone mentioned that he was behind with this list, he suddenly create a list of assets and submitted them.

    Oh yeah - as expected it is NOT a complete list! This guys and his little barking chiuaua are not only a joke, an embaressment to our nation, not even only a threat to our democratic way of life, but they are the biggest criminals since Al Capone!

    They are so iliterate that they don;t even look up the way Al Capone got caught!

  • Mark Mulligan - 2010-03-10 20:54

    As a citizen of the country I'd like to see some details of his declaration please. Its not good enough to say he declared his 'gifts'. We all receive birthday or Christmas 'gifts'. What exactly did Zuma receive? And has it been validated?

  • Alex Barrios - 2010-03-10 21:04

    Good for JZ. I don't agree with his politics, but at least this is one sensible thing he has done. 1) It kills a story point blank and shows he has nothing to hide; 2) It sets and example, hopefully, for troglodytes such as Malema to consider possibly following; 3) Shows some positive intent in respecting the law.
    I sincerely hope there are more positive actions from President JZ.

  • preshen govender - 2010-03-11 07:14

    hope he declares his wife and kids

  • Steven - 2010-03-11 07:36

    you know what. ever since we`ve been in the hands of `no hands` all of these things happening, coming out, will happen.. everything concerns and unconcerned presedent!! their no trade marks of a presedent! does that not say anything!! malema is fast to say Hellen Zille(christain) is satanic.. maybe becuase thats what it feels like to him being the satanic one.. all these things wont be left unattended or forgotten.. recognition day will come and not judging anyone or anything for that matter, that day all these `so smart` people (not even a patch through our LORD`s eyes) will be the ones begging and crying.. i appreciate time on earth.. do you????

  • mike - 2010-03-11 09:05

    Hulley my friend, you must be desperate having to represent a scoundral like Zuma.

  • Jay Jay - 2010-03-11 09:28

    We've known for a long time Jacob Zuma considers himself above the law - as does some of his chronies like Malema. Amazing that last week JZ's spokesman said it would take a long time to compile the list, yet when the heat is applied it pops up within 48 hours. This tells me there should be no reason why it could not have been done in the stipulated 60 days. I wouldn't believe the declaration anyway, given the fact that he is a per[etual liar.

  • Vincent Zikhali - 2010-03-11 10:22

    I want to comment on our President JZ. 2 years ago I failed to declare my private interest as a public servant and I was suspended, investigated and given a final written warning by my employer. I find it unacceptable that the declaration of private interest policy work only on selected individuals. JZ is a public servant for that matter. The nation must give him the final written warning, if our movement movement wont held him accountable and descipline him for putting the party in disprepute.

  • sido - 2010-03-11 10:40

    what about his cousin who owns the mines who are duming illegal mine water?????

  • lonwabo mkosana - 2010-03-11 11:06

    i thing'he must keep this gift

  • thulani - 2010-03-11 11:33

    i think he should appologise and be fined too becouse he did tax evasion so he should pay the price of what he did

  • Rowan - 2010-03-11 11:45

    I think this should be compulsary for anyone holding an executive position in any party i.e. ANCYL president Julius Malema... i'd really like to see what this douchebag has his fingers in. My 5c, he doesnt have enough fingers for all his interests!

  • Khalid - 2010-03-11 11:58

    It has been a mistake to have selected a person as such for president. All people he has done business with is in jail. What is he doing in that chair. Embarrisment for this country to the world.

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